EMPLOYER BEST PRACTICE
A Pipeline of Opportunity: Operation New Hope’s Ready 4 Work Program & The Grimes Companies
Developing the talent pipeline is important in any industry sector in Northeast Florida. Operation New Hope and The Grimes Companies are working together to develop a talent pipeline that offers opportunity to those needing a fresh start in the marketplace.
Operation New Hope’s Ready 4 Work initiative offers life coaching, job training and placement, and wrap-around care. All of these supportive services help ex-offenders find and keep good jobs. When Operation New Hope staff approached The Grimes Companies in 2011, they knew the company was an ideal ask. Grimes had been in business for 25 years, worked with JAX Port, and served as a local leader in warehousing, trucking, packaging and TPL (Third Party Logistics). Since that time, 104 people have been hired for either the temporary packaging department or the full-time warehouse positions.
To be eligible for employment with The Grimes Companies, a worker must successfully complete the Ready 4 Work course. Five workers who graduated from the Ready 4 Work program have been employed at The Grimes Companies for a duration of 3 to 6 years, which is an enviable timeframe for employee retention. In that time, they have revamped their lives. Earning great wages translates into owning cars and having safe and secure housing.